Genealogy & Family History

Need help with your genealogy project?

We love genealogy! Library staff can provide hands-on assistance finding census data, military history, and all kinds of data to help you tell your story. Visit our Contact Us page to find branch emails and phone numbers. Send us a message in the way you prefer and staff will get back to you.

Library Databases

Ancestry Library Edition: An online genealogy resource that delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. In-library use only.

Web Resources

The links below are being provided as a convenience; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Scott County Library of any of the products, services, or opinions represented. Scott County Library is not responsible for the content or accuracy of external sites or for that of subsequent links.

ArchiveGrid: Historical records, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Ellis Island Passenger Lists: Contains the passengers lists of more than 65 million immigrants, passengers and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1957.

Family Search: Free Genealogy records, family trees, and other resources.

Military Indexes & Records: A directory of links to online military indexes and records for U.S. genealogy research.  Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.

Minnesota Historical Society Records & Indexes: Find birth and death records, state census records, and veterans' graves.

National Register of Historic Places: The official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Scott County Historical Society: Search genealogy resources, view cemetery lists, or discover the oral history collections for Scott County.

Scott County MNGen Web: A cooperative effort to provide a collection of genealogical information and resources for Scott County, including vital records, census, marriage, and cemetery records.